The final was 6-1 this afternoon, and frankly Scott Baker didn’t pitch half-bad. He kept us in the game, which is obviously what counts, and earned a quality start in the process.
Torii Hunter and Phil Nevin are co-MVPs on the offense, with each getting 2 RBIs. Hunter had 1 hit and 2 runs scored while Nevin had 2 hits and 0 runs scored.
Leadoff man Luis Castillo was 0-for-2, but drew 3 walks. He did not score.
Joe Mauer increased his batting average by going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
The Twins’ defense turned 5 double plays in the game, and that ties a season-high. I know those DPs really helped Baker get out of some jams. Ironic that Baker threw 20+ pitches in the first inning alone, and Matt Guerrier, who pitched the final 3 innings of the game, needed just 20 pitches to do so. Baker calmed down though and ended up throwing exactly 100 pitches in his 6 innings of work.
The Indians defense was very bad, giving the Twins at least one extra out in the 2nd inning when the shortstop’s throw was low and trickled by the first baseman.
To look at negative things in the game, although it isn’t necessary at all, the Twins left 9 men on base for a series total of 46. These games could have been blowouts, but they weren’t; luckily the Indians are a bad team.
The White Sox and Tigers both lost today, too. That makes the Twins 1 back in the divisional race and 4 ahead in the Wild Card race. The Tigers rallied to get the lead in their game twice, but lost it for good in extra innings. The White Sox got hurt by Big Hurt Frank Thomas, who hit a 2-run homerun in the 4th to give the A’s the lead for good.
The Twins are off tomorrow (Monday) and travel to Boston for a 3-game series, all of which start at 6:05 central time.